Tag Archives: Emma

KickStarter Thank You!

19 Jan

Today we completed our Kick Starter Campaign for $3500. We want to thank everyone that contributed or shared our project idea about Emma. We have a pending proposal in with the Ohio Humanities Council to provide matching funds for the documentary. We are hopeful they to will support our quest to tell this story. Stay tuned as we begin the process to film this documentary.

Kickstarter Fundraiser

22 Nov


Over the past year Bette Lou Higgins of EVE and I have been researching the story of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, the legendary Appalachian Trail hiker from Ohio. Emma raised 11 children, survived years of domestic abuse, then became the first woman to through hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67. We need your help to tell her amazing story. We are now beginning to raise money to produce a documentary about her life. I hope you will take a moment to read about this project and consider donating to the cause (any donation is gratefully accepted and you can pledge as little as $1! No money will be collected unless we successfully meet our goal of $3,500 by January 19, 2012). Even if you can’t contribute at this time, please pass this message along to your friends with a request for their support! Thank you for all your help with this project. You can find complete information about this project at:

also check out our website at http://www.grandmagatewood.com
Happy Thanksgiving

Peter Huston, Director

Bette Lou Higgins, Producer
Artistic Director
Eden Valley Enterprises

Emma and Reporters

9 Jun

Below is the first clip from our interview with Marjorie Wood. In this video she talks about Emma Gatewood’s encounters with reporters.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24887468 w=480&h=270]

What Emma’s life and home looked like

11 May

Two weeks ago writer/producer Bette Lou Higgins and I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Gatewood’s grand-daughter Marjorie Wood down in Gallipolis, on the Ohio River. Not only did Marjorie have an amazing archive of Emma things including the famous red beret, but many of her trail diaries, press clippings, original photos, even 8mm movies.  But most importantly Marjorie also had many personal childhood stories to share. We could have spent a week just reading through the diaries and photo archives. There was a letter from Groucho Marx, a cable gram from Art Linkletter, the original 1955 Sports Illustrated article, but what made the weekend special was the personal tour given to us by Marjorie of the places where Emma lived and raised her family. We saw Crown City, Thurman, even where the trailer park she owned and ran once stood (now owned by AEP and next to a coal fired power plant). Most importantly we saw the house Emma was living in when her husband finally left for good. The house is still owned by a family relative, an 86 year old professor( retired).  Then we saw where Marjorie and her husband had moved a very old log cabin up a winding “holler”. This really gave us a sense of what early childhood must have looked and felt like for Emma as well. In the coming weeks we will be posting pictures and videos for you to watch and review. We will want your feedback as we process the footage and sound bites. This is a very exciting projects and one that will give “voice” to Emma and her personal trail hike from the hollers of Appalachia to the bright lights of Hollywood.